Biden’s White House continues to receive pushback from unexpected sources on the climate change issue. Although there’s an expectation that most Republicans will oppose issues like clean electricity, carbon reduction, and other environmental policies, moderate Democrats are not getting on board with the idea.
Senator Joe Manchin III, a Democrat from West Virginia, can table any environmental effort in a 50-50 Senate when all GOP members are against the proposal. That headache is what the Biden Administration is currently trying to manage.
Manchin’s district focuses on coal production and what he sees as more sensible solutions to the climate crisis.
The Fight Is Over the Clean Energy Performance Program
Democrats hope the Clean Energy Performance Program helps utilities increase their clean energy supply.
By rewarding the agencies that make 4% improvements annually, the goal is to consequence those that don’t achieve that outcome. It was included originally in a tax-and-spend package to achieve the broader economics that Democrats want to see for the United States moving forward.
Biden pledged to cut emissions by half by the year 2030. This promise inspired some last-minute policy changes right before global leaders initiated some of the most critical conversations about the climate in the past 25 years.
One of the newest initiatives is to create a voluntary emissions trading system while providing federal funding to stop pollution. These structures would impact the steel, concrete, chemical, and aluminum industries.
Since the talks are still in the early stages, no one knows how the programs would be structured. A significant gap still exists between the progressives and moderates in the Democratic party, which means there might not be enough votes to proceed.